The Armenian State Security Service announced it had thwarted attempted coup and assassinated Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
The Armenian National Security Agency confirmed the detention of its former president and leader of the “homeland” party, Artur Vanitsyan, the leader of the volunteer fighter group “Ashot Yarkat” in Karabakh, Ashot Minassian, and a number of politicians and others.
He said that Minassian, who adheres to anti-government views and rejects its foreign and domestic policies, collected large quantities of weapons and explosives and illegally transported them to the city of Sisian in Armenia.
The security service stated that Minassian conspired with a number of opposition politicians, including Vanitsyan, with the aim of killing the Prime Minister and changing power in Armenia.
Earlier on Saturday, Armenian authorities arrested Vanitsyan on charges of attempting to usurp power and preparing to assassinate the prime minister, his defense team said.
In recent days, Armenia has been witnessing unrest and protests calling for Pashinyan’s resignation in response to his signature on November 9 of the joint statement with the Azerbaijani presidents, Ilham Aliyev, and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on the cessation of hostilities in Karabakh.